#1
I've been thinking about this for a while and I see no reason for it no to be possible, but you guys could prove me wrong:

I want to add a high C (or is it E?) string to my old bass (Ibanez GSR200) by simply unstringing the lot of it and moving them all up one "run", in which I'd knock out my standard E string.

Is that possible?
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In short, yes, it's possible. The string you add could be tuned any way you wish, but the most common next high string is a C. Of course, you might also need to do some intonation and truss rod adjustments for tension, but that goes without saying for more ambitious string changes.

The only issue that I can think of is the possibility of the strings being loose in the nut slots. I've never had experience with this sort of change, though. I've seen 5 strings with a high C instead of a low B (sometimes referred to as "Jazz 5s").
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In short, yes, it's possible. The string you add could be tuned any way you wish, but the most common next high string is a C. Of course, you might also need to do some intonation and truss rod adjustments for tension, but that goes without saying for more ambitious string changes.

The only issue that I can think of is the possibility of the strings being loose in the nut slots. I've never had experience with this sort of change, though. I've seen 5 strings with a high C instead of a low B (sometimes referred to as "Jazz 5s").


thats how i have my 5 string tuned, but in drop d.
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I would like to do that to my 5-string but I'd be far too worried about damaging it.
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I would like to do that to my 5-string but I'd be far too worried about damaging it.

There's not much to worry about. There is a chance you would damage the nut. If you put a bigger string in a slot that's too small, the nut can snap. That can easily be prevented by filing the slot bigger. Sometimes a small string in a loose slot will buzz. Of course, any string will wear away at the slot when you tune, but a small string will wear quicker. These are all trivial problems, a replacement nut is going to cost as much for shipping as the item itself, or you can go to a local shop and pay 4 times what they are online.